Monday, December 21, 2015

The 4 Dimensions of Extraodinary Leadership by Jenni Catron

   Leadership is what we need in all areas of our lives today. We need to have someone who has a dream and is not afraid to seek it with a group of others. And others need to have someone who can cast a vision.
   Leadership is a journey taken with others. You can’t be a leader if you have nobody following you. And no one follows a person who has no dream.
   In order for one to be a good leader he must be able to lead himself. Know yourself.
   In the spiritual realm there are four areas of dimensions that are called for: heart, body, soul and spirit. We should be relational and visionary with the spiritual thrown in as well as the managerial. It is a mix that is presented here that comes together in the Style Catron offers.
   Catron offers a chance to assess your style. She infers you journey to leadership. A slow but steady journey through wisdom is what is called for. This is a good starting point for discussion groups to work with.    
   At the end of each chapter is a brief summary of the issue covered in the chapter. This will enable the discussion leader to shepherd the discussion.
   It is published by Nelson Books and is available at book stores near you.
   This book was sent free to me from book look bloggers for the purpose of a review. All viewpoints are those of the reviewer.
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Friday, December 11, 2015

The Theory of Death by Faye Kellerman

 Here it is- another Decker/ Lazarus Mystery. It is a welcome addition to the series which has seen Decker and Rita join together as husband and wife and raise a family while Decker solves murder cases for the LA Police department and Rina provides the wisdom from the Torah to the cases.
   Now Decker has retired from the LAPD and relocated to Greenbury, New York on their police force. He still confronts murder cases.
   This time it concerns the death of a math student found nude in the snow. A loaner. Very bright. A Mennonite. It looks like suicide, but is it?
   This time Decker is joined by Tyler McAdams, a former Greenbury detective who is now in his first year of law studies who is using the Decker house as a place to finish up his study for a law exam.
Tyler finds himself more interested in the case than in his studies.
   Together they penetrate the echelons of higher education when it comes to the area of mathematics and the mathematical prodigies at Kneed Loft College.
   Another nude body is found, this one is an adviser in the math department. Decker and McAdams must find and bring the murderer to justice.
   As always it is told using multiple viewpoints. Most mysteries work well when this viewpoint is used.
I enjoy this series and look forward to each new addition. Kellerman is still able to present a good story.

The Witch of Lime Street by David Jaher

  There exists around us a spiritual realm that some people, known as mediums, suggest interacts with us and from which we can contact our loved ones.
      Is this so? Or can it be faked?
     Around the turn of the twentieth century the renowned magazine- the Scientific American- sponsored a contest with a prize going to the medium proving an actual contact with a spirit being. They set up a committee of five men to investigate the claims.
    One of these men was Houdini. A major case was concerning what the paper came to know as the Witch of Lime Street. Her name was Margery Her spirit contact was named Walter. She was very good at what she did. She was able to fool the experts except for Houdini.
     But since this was the time when people were trying to contact the dead people were choosing to deny evidence.
    The research is vast and the documents used to hunt down the time period are listed in the back for others to follow the evidence for themselves. Jaher does a good job of not editorializing.
    This book is one that lets the reader come to his own conclusion concerning communication with the dead.
     This book was sent to me free to be reviewed from blogging for I was not required to give a positive review in order to receive it. All opinions are those of the reviewer and not that of the publisher.